Thursday, December 12, 2019

Feast on Your Favorite Chef Laudico Guevarra' s Dish Have It Delivered Right at Your Doorstep with Guevarra's Handaan Kahit Saan



Chefs Jac and Rolando Laudico at Chef Laudico Guevarra's


The Holiday Season is probably one of the most stressful days for everyone else. Aside from the usual merrymaking, this so-called season of joy also brings everyone lots of pressure--from buying our loved ones presents to decorating our homes all the way to preparing what foods to serve for our guests, it could really be daunting. 

Yes, it's potluck time of the year again as we receive party invites, reunions or a simple get-together with friends here and there at these times of the year. Rather than we stress ourselves with what food to bring or serve our guests, (where sometimes there are even surprise visits or friends who would drop by our house on a really short notice!), with such  little time to run to a nearby grocery or market, it's always impossible to cook or whip up a dish, most of us would often resort to food delivery just so we'd have something nice to serve our guests. It's also really helpful when you don't feel like cooking but would still want to enjoy a sumptuous meal for your family. 



Last Sunday, we just had a fantastic lunch of our old-time favorite, Beef Kare-kare and Sansrival cake from Chef Laudico Guevarra's Handaan Kahit Saan. It's a food delivery and pick-up service of Chef Laudico Guevarra's where one can order party trays and feast on your Guevarra's favorites anywhere you like. Most of the dishes are available in two sizes, servings are good from 12-15 and 6-8 persons. 

Since they had opened their doors to the public in 2013, Chef Laudico Guevarra's has been the go-to place for buffet enthusiasts and it had also been the top choice as venue for important events. The sprawling lawn and the 1920's heritage house had been witnessed to numerous birthdays, baptismal, weddings, product launches and corporate parties. Their 80-item buffet of both classic and modern Filipino dishes are well-thought of by celebrity chefs Rolando "Lau" and Jac Laudico. 

The good news is, it's now possible for you to enjoy their dishes without having to travel to San Juan City. Guevarra's Handaan Kahit Saan is really ideal at this time of the year.  Just give Guevarra's a call and your delicious meals will either be delivered to you piping hot and freshly cooked from their kitchen or you can pick them up at the restaurant. 



Unlike in other food deliveries, you won't have to worry if the food will taste good. After all, it's from Chef Laudico Guevarra's and it's one of their signature meals--that alone gives you a hundred percent guarantee and gives you an assurance that it isn't a hit-or-miss kind of thing. Based on my own experience, it's hassle and worry-free. Now, all you have to think about is how you'd mingle and entertain your guests. 

The choices are their Lechon (that's charcoal-spit roasted to perfection), Pugon-Roasted Pork Bellychon and Pugon-Roasted US Angus Beef Shortplate. Also on the list are their mouthwatering Beef Kare-Kare, Kaldereta, and Grilled Beef Tapa--all made with US Angus beef. Chicken options are Tamarind and Lemongrass-Spiced Roast Chicken Sinampalukan which is best served with Kamote Salad, and Fried Chicken Adobo. Noodles and pasta options are Pansit Bihon Guisado, Pansit Canton Guisado, Palabok, and Party Spaghetti. 



The dishes are reasonably-priced and won't burn a hole on your pockets. "These are the items that are most requested, we get complaints when they are not available," said chef Jac. 

The best part? At Guevarra's they make everything prepared from scratch. They do everything the traditional way, without any shortcuts. When we ordered Kare-kare, we could really taste it in every spoonful of its rich peanut-based sauce. Guevarra's take on the classic Kare-Kare still reigns supreme as the epitome of Filipino comfort food.  With its creamy, mustard-colored sauce luxuriously coating the generous chunks of beef meat, eggplant, and petchay, it's a deliciously savory and nutty way to demolish mountains of freshly-steamed rice. 

Maybe for those unfamiliar, the combination of fork-tender beef and peanuts doesn't sound too appetizing. But when you marry together those two ingredients, along with the flavors from the eggplant, petchay and string beans, the unfamiliar becomes enlightened to the deliciousness of Kare-Kare. 

As far as I remember, a piping hot dish of Kare-Kare has always been a staple at parties and celebrations all over the country. Nowadays, just about every household, carinderia, or restaurant has their own version of the decadent, comforting dish. With Guevarra's Kare-Kare, the bagoong (fermented shrimp paste) alone is a viand on its own. 

Along with the Kare-Kare, we also ordered Guevarra's Sans Rival Cake. It's one of Chef Jac's specialties along with her Strawberry Shortcake, Brazo de Calamansi, Mocha Cake, and Brigaderos. They make great presents, along with boxes of Butterscotch, Crinkles, Brigaderos Balls (Yema and Dark Chocolate Truffles), Kalabasa Pastillas Balls (milk candies lightened with squash), Maja Blanca, and Cassava Cake Flan. 







Gateau le Sans Rival came from the French word which means "without rival." It's a Filipino meringue-based layer cake served on special occasions or as a dessert. The sansrival is much like a French dacquiose (nut meringue). 

What do I love most about Guevarra's Sansrival cake? The texture of meringue wafers produce thick and crunchy layers unlike the others I've tried which are compact or hick but airy. Guevarra's Sansrival Cake had perfectly baked meringue forms as base. It's rich and smooth buttercream gives it that unrivaled character compared with sponged-based cakes. Chopped nuts lend flavor and texture to the whole cake, sprinkled on top and mixed into the meringue itself. 

Guevarra's Handaan Kahit Saan is a real life saver. All items are available all-year round. So on days when you're simply too tired to do any kitchen chores and would rather plop on a chair and chill at home, remember that your favorite dishes at Guevarra's are just a phone call away.

Guevarra's Handaan Kahit Saan items can be picked up from Chef Laudico Guevarra's at 387 P. Guevarra corner Argonne Streets, Addition Hills, San Juan City. It cluld also be sent through various delivery services available such as Grab and Lalamove. 

For orders and inquiries, you may call (02) 8705-1811,(02) 8705-1874,(0917) 3112222. For more information, follow @guevarras_ on Instagram and on Facebook at @guevarrasrestaurant. 








Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Holiday Christmas Gift Ideas for Each Discerning Individual










Filipinos are known to spread the holiday cheer with good food, parties and giving gifts. We love to reciprocate one's generosity each time we are given presents. But looking for the right gift may not exactly be an easy task. We all want that our gifts will surely be appreciated by their recipients. 

We've come up with a list of gift ideas that will surely delight the hearts of whoever receives them. These are surely the kind of gifts anyone would want to receive for Christmas. Check these out:

Novuhair – If your friend or relative has a receding hairline or has problems with hair loss and falling hair, Novuhair will be your best bet. Proven and tested scientifically to rejuvenate hairloss, Novuhair is alsoknown as Nature’s answer to hair loss, it is formulated with 19 natural ingredients – mostly herbal, essential oils and co-factor nutrients. This topical scalp lotion does not only help prevent the hair shedding malady, but also aids in stimulating growth of the “crowning glory.” It helps enhance improve overall appearance, maintain moisture, and promote nourishment and rejuvenation. Celebrity hair stylist Fanny Serrano swears by the effects of Novuhair. 
In the celebration of their 10th year in the industry, the brand and their long-time partner Mercury Drug is offering a whopping 64% savings on their promo pack Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion 200ml with free 120ml bottle.
For more info on the product, you may check their FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/NovuhairOfficial/


Fanny Serrano shares how he discovered Nuvohair and how he became its brand ambassador.






Sunday, December 8, 2019

Start Investing with Php100 via Sun Life Mutual Funds




Life insurance is one of the pillars of personal finance, deserving of consideration by every household. I’d even go so far as to say it’s the most important. Yet, despite its nearly universal applicability, there remains a great deal of confusion, and even skepticism, regarding life insurance.
Personally, I think this is because of life insurance’s complexity, the posture of those who sell it or merely our preference for avoiding the topic of our own demise. But armed with the proper information, you can simplify the decision-making process and arrive at the right choice for you and your family. I consider myself fortunate enough for being able to at least somehow understand the complexities of insurance and money management because I had been attending money management and financial workshops in the past. Somehow it had given me some valuable tools to understand how to properly use my money to my advantage. 

Sun Life Asset Management Company Inc. (SLAMCI), the mutual fund arm of Sun Life Canada Philippines, recently revealed that the country will he having a better, stronger, and faster economy come year 2020. Sun Life Chief Investments Officer, Mr. Michael Enriquez said that after he had reviewed thoroughly the fundamentals, he is confident that the economy is set to significantly improve in the next couple of years, beginning on the year 2020. 
"While inflation fell to a low of .08% in October 2019, we expect proces to slowly inch up as we forsee the year 2020 inflation at 2.4%. This figure is much lover than 2018 inflation of 5.21%," said Enriquez.
For currency, Enriquez also believes that the Philippine peso might also have a chance to go up a bit higher from a range of Php50.70 to Php52.50 equivalent to a dollar. our 2019 USD-Php forecast is at Php51.00 and for 2020, a slightly higher at Php52.50." 
Given these possibilities, we encourage investors to stay the course. It is only with long-term vision and solid commitment to their investments that they can benefit fom a better and faster Phlippine economy. 
What I personally liked best about Sun Life is that anyone can make an investment. The said insurance company gives opportunities for people from all walks of life to learn how to properly nvest their hard-earned money the right way. They even launched a Php100 starting investment fund where all thy need is a Php100 intial investment, a government issued Identification Card (ID) and a selfie so they can start their future investment plan and save money for the rainy days. 
Here, we had a short video panel interview from a Sun Life executive where he says they are starting them young, teaching kids and those millenials on how to properly invest their money by giving them seminars for free at their schools, colleges and universities. 

Yes, you can now invest with just a Php100 pesos as initial starting investment on your account. And once you have saved, played your cards well, you might just get that dream vacation or dream house or car you have always wanted. How? Just open an account online via sunlifefunds.com or access via their moble app. Sign up, add a selfie so you can have a face to the name. And voila, you now have a starting investment. 

With a minmum of P1,000 for Bond funds and Equitable funds, investing is no longer difficult to do. After getting started, adding a few more  pesos or a thousand into that account and letting it grow is no longer impossible. 

When investing, you have to think of your long term goals. It is only with that vision along with a solid commitment to your investing journey that one can truly benefit from a better, brighter and faster Philippines in 2020. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Cultivate a Love for Reading this Christmas


Stuck for present ideas this Christmas season? I have discovered stacks of enthralling stories for the festive season as well as books featuring the works of renowned National Artist for Painting, Benedicto Cabrera--better known as BenCab through awesome concept coloring books, writing, and spot the difference activities, finger puppet and paper doll dress up. These are sold by CANVAS (Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development. They have an array of selections by age or by child's interest.

I read once that a child who reads is a child that leads. Encourage a love for reading in every child. Help your child to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills. Learn to value books and stories. Spark a child's imagination and stimulate curiosity. By gifting a child with books, you help a child's brain, develop his or her social and communication skills. 


CANVAS also has specific story books geared towards those 9-12 years olds. They even have something for the adults too. Art aficionados will be happy to note they also have titles which they can add to their personal collections. Multi-awarded writer and Philstar Columnist, Butch Dalisay has his book called "Why Words Matter," his reflection is complemented by lyrical artist Marcel Antonio. "Nadia and the Blue Stars" is about a tale of hope and has been used for psychosocial therapy to help children who were forced to flee their homes, either by man-made conflict or by natural calamities and how they dealt with the trauma. There's also "Ang Aklatang Pusa" written by Palanca Hall of Famer Eugene Evasco with artworks by award-winning painter and sculptor, Jared Yokte.


Aside from books, you can also find cards, journals, fans, notepads, art magnets and limited edition art prints, and stickers to collect at CANVAS' online store where you will surely find something that will catch your fancy because they truly have something for everybody. You can avoid the hassle of Christmas shopping at the comfort of your homes with just a few clicks on your mouse. All you need to do is to log in to www.lookingforjuan.com to get these exciting products. 




You may even request for personalized and customized items for corporate gifts, all you need to do is order ahead of time and order by bulk so that they can accommodate your requests. 


The best part about buying books here? For every purchase of an activity book, two copies will be donated and given to underprivileged children. I mean, how good is that? You have given more opportunity for children to learn through reading as well as help others through sustainable living. The more you buy, the bigger contribution you would have in inspiring children to learn to love reading. 





Other interesting books worth mentioning are "RizalPabeto," a published book in celebration of Rizal's 150th birth anniversary. It is a collection of award-winning poet, fictionist, playwright, and essayist Vim Nadera's poems about our National Hero, Rizal. Using the letters of the Alphabet, he wrote a poem on each letter while the graphics are interpreted by prominent contemporary painter, Elmer Borlongan in the tradition of letras y figuras.



CANVAS makes beautiful artwork from waste materials by upcycling them. Discarded old tarpaulins are given a new lease on life and re ncarnated them into wonderful new products such as this tarpaulin bags. 

Upcycling, in case you don't know is the creative process in which one transforms by-products m waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value. Meanwhile, recycled art is a creative work that's made from discarded materials that once had another purpose. Artists who make recycled art take those materials and make em into something new. 





And here's the good news for online shoppers of the said site: Because  it's Christmas, the website is running a seasonal promo of Buy-One-Take-One on books if you use the discount code: L4JPASKO2019 before you check out. Isn't that a good deal? Since it's the season of gving, what better way to buy more so that you'd be able to give more without spending as much. The more you buy, the more you are also helping CANVAS with their advocacy, thereby making a huge contribution to the "One Million Books for One Million Filipino Children" campaign of the organization which aims to inspire children to develop a love for reading. 

The brainchild of this project is the non-profit organization CANVAS which has produced 30 titles since year 2005. "When companies and individuals buy from us, they are also helping us with our advocacy," says Gigo Alampay, CANVAS Founder and Executive Director. To date, they have given away more than 250,000 books to communities from Ifugao to Basilan. 

So far, they have partnered with both individuals and organizations who work directly in the field and with communities all over the country. They make it possible to reach as many kids and give books in all corners of the Philippines. Communities visited by horrific disasters, both natural (such as Typhoon Yolanda) and caused by man (like the conflict in Zamboanga) are some of the beneficiaries of this initiatives," shares Alampay.


So what are you waiting for? Start shopping and help spread the love for reading while saving both time and money as you make your shopping online with these awesome and one-of-a-kind products. Take advantage of the discount code we've given you above, 😉😍


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Build your family an affordable but better home in Bellavita



Growing up in an extended family feels good but just like all of the things in the world, it also has its downside. I grew up in a house with my family, my grandma, grandpa, my cousins, my aunt and my uncle in law. Yes, we are an extended family. At a young age, my mother got pregnant with me. My father, which was then a college student at that time has no investment, yet. By the time I came into this world is the best time of their life but then, the problem is, where will my family live? My aunt, the breadwinner of their family, which has no established family by that time, offered my parents to live with her together with grandpa and grandma.



Yes, the extended family feels good. You always have your family together in one place but as to what I have experienced, you will never have your own space. That is why I worked hard to buy a house so that my own built family will never have to experience that, especially my children. 



Then, with just one click away at www.facebook.com/BellaVitaLandCorp, we have found an affordable house and lot where my family will surely create memories. The one that will surely fit me and my husband's lifestyle and income.



With Bellavita, you will never regret anything. From security to transportation accessibility, they got it here. And I am proud to say that investing in Bellavita will always be one of the best decisions my husband and I have ever made in our family.

Monday, December 2, 2019

The importance of having a travel insurance for Schengen Visa Holders in the Philippines




Traveling abroad may seem pretty daunting. But more so if you'd be traveling in a country which requires to get you a visa. Acquiring a visa especially if it's a Schengen Visa (if you're interested to go to any part of Europe) may require much from you. Buying insurance for an international travel is critical. Most people might ask, "Is it really something that we need?" "Is it really worth it?" You may sound skeptical about its importance. 

There are many types of insurance plans available in the market today.  As a traveler, you have to make sure the ones you'd be having fits you to a T. You have to consider a lot of factors in order for you to understand before you make a purchase. 

How expensive it is to have a travel insurance? It actually depends upon the insurance company you choose but the average rate of premiums range from 50 Euro to 55 Euro [that's roughly Php3000 and above] for the Php2.5Million insurance coverage. 

Schengen visa

Friday, November 29, 2019

#SpeakOutListenUp: Avon Philippines empowers women against gender-based violence




Violence against women
Gender-based violence (GBV) or violence against women and girls (VAWG), is a global pandemic that affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime.
The numbers are staggering:
  • 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.
  • Globally, 7% of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner.
  • Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.
  • 200 million women have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting.
Unfortunately, the Philippines is said to be one of the most dangerous places for women in Asia. Rape happens every 72 minutes, and at least 1 in 20 women aged  15 to 49 experienced sexual violence. Of all Filipinas who have been harassed, half of them took it and seemed to have accepted them as it is. It's such a grim that reality stories such as these are oftentimes ignored, ridiculed or discredited. 

An initiative by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in partnership with Avon Philippines shows 16 Days of Activism where for 16 days, orange has been chosen as a symbol of a brighter future where women won't fear violence in their own homes, streets or online. The said color shows solidarity with women all around the globe. Avon is going orange across its social media platforms starting November 25 (UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10 (Human Right's Day).

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Bioessence Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Gatsby Themed Party

Bioessence  at 25
The country's leading non-invasive skin care center recently celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a Gatsby themed party held at the Cities Events Place in Quezon City. Known for its skin care, slimming and spa services for Filipinos, Bioessence started from a very humble town of Marfori in Davao City by a renowned dermatologist Dr. Emma Beleno back in 1994. 

Here, let Dr. Emma Beleno share with you how her small skin care business started small and grew bigger  through all these years with her and her team's hardwork and perseverance. 


Monday, November 25, 2019

Lime Hut Katipunan: A Great Chillout Place for Family and Friends



 Lime Hut Katipunan may be able to transform itself from a cool coffee shop in the morning yet it could also be a great hangout spot that serves not just excellent cup of joes but also awesome cocktails and booze when the night comes. Lime Hut Katipunan indeed delivers a profoundly pleasurable experience at the Pop Up Katipunan in that corner of Xavierville Avenue. 



Owned by Poblacion's Pura Vida proprietor, Lime Hut is the perfect place to unwind after a long week's work. You can chill here with some friends on a Friday night out or have fun with your family. Even if you go here alone to have your "me-time" you're guaranteed to enjoy the chill cool vibe. Lime Hut's definitely got you covered. 




Thursday, November 21, 2019

Mega Prime Help Moms to Make One Truly Unforgettable Christmas


The Holiday Season is indeed fast approaching. We could already feel and see the festive vibe everywhere which will remind us of Christmas. And as moms, most of us feel pressured to make sure everything will be turning out okay with our household: from the Christmas decors to preparing the presents, all the way down to what kind of dishes do we prepare for Noche Buena as well as when unexpected visitors would come for a visit. Admittedly, the Christmas Season can be truly daunting for some of us. 






To empower moms, Mega Prime Quality recently held another exciting event for moms and their families by treating them to a special holiday workshop and other activities exclusively for Prime Mom Club members, bloggers and members of the media. The event was held at the SM The Block and it was well attended by home-makers and their respective families. The kids got the chance to meet and greet Santa where they also had photo opportunities with him at the Santa’s Corner. Their creativity and artistic inclinations were also exercised with the arts and crafts booth where they created holiday cards. 





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